Team Foundation Service Preview – Connect Visual Studio 2010 to Your TFS Preview Account

Team Foundation Service Preview – Connect Visual Studio 2010 to Your TFS Preview Account

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UPDATE June 11, 2012 - This blog post series has been updated by our new beginner's guide hosted here.


This blog post is part of the Beginner’s Guide series with the goal to get you productive fast.

Visual Studio can work seamlessly with the source, tasks, and builds stored in TFS. This post shows you how to connect Visual Studio to your TFS Preview Account.

Download the software.

You need to ensure that you are running Visual Studio 2010 SP1 on your (local) computer
and that you install KB2581206.

Open Visual Studio 2010. In Team, select Connect to Team Foundation Server…
Click Servers…
Click Add…
Type your TFS Preview account URL

This is the same URL you use to access your account online.

Click OK to add the server.

Click Close to return to the Connect screen.

Select your team project and click Connect.



That’s it! You have now connected your IDE to your very own Team Foundation Server in the cloud. How cool is that?

What’s next? Now you can:

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  • Sorry - installing kb KB2581206 takes care of the error.

    I get a 'Couldn't download error for this patch.  any suggestion?

  • Could anyone send me the invitation code, please? kryszal at

  • Hello,

    Is TFS11 is available for VSExpress for Windows Phone?

    Thank you for your answer.


  • Just to clarify things : Step 1 "Download the software." should be in fact 2 steps, because you need to install  SP1, and THEN install KB2581206.

    If you just install SP1, you will get the error "HTTP 203 non-authoritative information"

  • There is a bug with using TFS Preview if you have the SkyDrive client installed (and you use a different Live ID for SkyDrive and TFS Preview). Richard Fennell addresses the workaround here: -- hopefully Microsoft will actually fix the issue in the near future.

  • 26 may, 2014.

    I already connected and worked with tfspreview.

    for the last 2 weeks I can't access the tfspreview...

    tf30064, can authorized.

    plz help!

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